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5 Facts About Women's Heart Health

        Health | Heart

The governor's mansion in Princeton, N.J., is illuminated in red light in preparation of the American Heart Association's Wear Red Day for Women, a national awareness campaign designed to focus on heart disease. See more heart health images.
AP Photo/Mel Evans

Quick -- what's the strongest, most important muscle in your body? No, it's not the gluteus maximus you've been working out on the weight bench recently. It's your heart. (Though your heart appreciates the strength training, too.)

While all of us, men and women alike, have a heart pumping blood through our veins, and we all face the chance of developing heart disease as we age, women are often unaware of their specific risks and symptoms. Some factors in heart disease development are issues only women have to deal with, like hormonal birth control.

Other factors, like genetics and race, can't be changed; however, lifestyle choices, like eating a healthy diet and quitting smoking, certainly can.

Keep reading to find out five facts about women's heart health that may be new to you. And even if they aren't, they're worth reading again.